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Gladys Zender

Gladys Zender , is a Peruvian who made history in 1957, by becoming the first Latin American to win the Miss Universe title.

Zender became an instant celebrity in her native Peru born to a Swedish father and a Peruvian mother. She flew in the inaugural flight from Idlewild International Airport in New York to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, where she was received by thousands of countrymen and women.

Her victory was not without controversy. After she was crowned, it was revealed that she was 17 years old; a few months under the minimum age requirement of the ...

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